Slideshow: 27 Cool Coats of Arms
Coats of arms are heraldic designs that grew out of the European Middle Ages. They were originally meant to distinguish people in combat because faces were concealed by helmets. Now whole families, provinces, states and agencies have them, but the most well-known are those of nations.
The origin of the Swiss cross is debated among various legends, but has been used since at least the 12th century. One legend has it first used by the Theban Legion, a Roman army division that converted to Christianity before being totally martyred. Credit: E Pluribus Anthony, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_of_Switzerland.